April 23, 2015


All we are saying is………..

                                          GIVE PEACE A CHANCE………..


Pablo Picasso has said, that ”Often while reading a book, one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write. One can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and color.”

Artist Shanna Kunz is a woman who has chosen to speak with paintbrushes and oils as her voice!  

First of all, hers is one of sharing by experience. The diversity of her contemporary western American landscapes is rooted in her being planted as a naturalist at a young age. Shanna seeks balance in nature, within herself, and her artwork.  The three applications that are instrumental to Kunz in achieving her goal of connectivity are consciousness, composition and communication. I believe these are evident in her thematic decisions, attention to detail, the deliberate performances of mood, light and color, the contrast of subtleness and complexity and her emotional investments of her encounters of the land, trees and water.


In her piece “Evanescence”, you see nature mirrored in the water, a reflection of itself. Spatial relationship and distance give this painting depth and dimension; from the water, to land, over the tree tops, above the hill, to the mountain top and up to the sky………. yes, the sky revealing the time of day like a watchmaker using shadow and light as hours and minutes. Evanescence is the condition of transition, in time, in the seasons and in life. Now let me transition to another piece of Shanna’s, titled “Liz’s Cattails”.


The foreground of this painting spotlights the cattails by its position up close, the star feature in this show of nature, as they stand in contrast to the landscape behind them in Utah. Enjoy the uncomplicated beauty they add to the landscape, but don’t be fooled….. they are important producers to our environment. Cattails-“Typha” are often among the first wetland plants to colonize areas of newly exposed wet mud, with their abundant wind-dispersed seeds. They are typically eaten by wetland animals, such as the muskrat, which may also use them to construct feeding platforms and dens. Birds like to use the seed hairs as nest lining. Ah! Natural recycling!

Collectors and admirers of Shanna’s work inevitably express a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility when viewing and purchasing her work. I certainly concur! The deft way she applies her oils in layers and “pushes the color and value” in her compositions is also striking in her other new pieces, such as, Azure Afternoon”,


"Sapphire Shadows” ,”Bend in the Stream “and “Autumn Stirs”.  When you come in to see her work, you will see her mission; to continue studying the landscape, bringing her closer to an honest translation-of both soul and land- and to continue a lifelong effort to communicate the emotional connection she feels with her environment.  We feel it too! At Lovetts, we are so glad that Shanna shares the sentiment of Picasso and chooses to describe landscapes with brushes and color. Thank you Shanna!





     Raven Sawyer

April 16, 2015


 ARTIST JODY LYLE, “WORKS ……….BRINGING OUT THE SECRETS OF NATURE AND APPLYING THEM FOR THE HAPPINESS OF MAN.” Rather for the happiness of women in her case! Unless, of course, it is the happiness it brings the man to see her wearing it or purchasing it for her!

What does this artist create, to bring us the happiness of which I speak?



Fusion Jewelry.

Jody merges the different elements of nature into a union of personal adornment. Jewelry has always been a part of human culture. Jewels were produced from any kind of materials that were available-stones, animal skins, feathers, plants, bones, shells, wood, and natural made semi-precious materials such as obsidian. As the time went on, advancing technology enabled artisans to start taming metals and precious gems into works of art that influenced entire cultures and many modern jewelry styles. However, even with all the advancements of metallurgy and gem processing, the purpose of wearing jewelry always remained the same: they enabled the wearer to express themselves non-verbally, showcase wealth, rank, political and religious affiliation or affections toward someone. This enabled jewelry to become timeless, and a target for constant development and refinement.

Lyle incorporates her devotion for creation, innovation, and cultural heritage. Parallel with personal discovery and disclosure, Jody’s heart and goals are in her commitment to art and exploration of fusion jewelry.

The results of Jody’s merging work have brought several new pieces to the Gallery and I am excited to tell you about them! One is the “Obsidian and Orange Sapphire Forged Necklace”.


 The Obsidian, carved and polished, set in a hand forged Argentium sterling silver pendant with a sterling silver chain and a pop of color with the natural orange sapphire infused into the design, is a beautiful collaboration of the artist and nature. Another piece, “Black and White Necklace”, Jody has set the dramatic stone of dendrite opal on a black and silver backdrop.


Dendrite opal is an enigmatic and otherworldly looking stone due to its nature. A perfect white color and ghostly branch-like crystals gives it this reputation. The manganese oxide, which is the black part of the stone, is an excellent balance to the white. The contrasting colors of black and white, makes it very versatile to many types of clothing.

Jody applies many designs to her metalwork as well as using a diverse choice of stones.

Jasper, RjasperSiberian Jade, S. JadeGreen Sapphire,Green-Sapphire-Rough

Tiger Eye, Tigers-eye-dPurple and Black Onyx, Black Onyx

and Blue (Chinese) Turquoise, to name a few! Her new work includes rings, pendant necklaces and earrings.

Please treat yourself to the works of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Fusion Jewelry artist,

Jody Lyle!

Thanks Jody for bringing out the secrets of nature and applying them for our happiness!!




A footnote….not only does Jody create fusion, but so does the Earth, from which she works. Volcanic glass is amorphous (uncrystallized) product of rapidly cooling magma. Like all types of glass, it is a state of matter, intermediate between the close-packed, highly ordered array of a crystal and the highly disordered array of gas. Obsidian is a volcanic glass.                                                                                           

By the way…. If you see my husband, tell him I really want the Siberian Jade,


set with the woven bezel. It matches my eyes!

Raven Sawyer

April 10, 2015


Artist Kristan Le, softly tells us stories with her oils. I imagine the respectful tone of her voice as she relates to times in the past…. experiences not forgotten. The environments and the people of her native country as they go about their everyday customs of living are instilled in her like an artist etching. Like any good book, there are chapters.

Vietnam. It was the year 1975. Saigon fell and Kristan’s family fled. She was a little girl at that time. Some of her earliest memories consist of observing her father, sketching trees and buildings, during breaks at the restaurant he opened in San Diego.(He was an architect in Vietnam). Watching him get absorbed in this creative world birthed a love of art in her.

She turns the pages and we see “Sunlight on the Mekong” and “Quiet Morning Hue”. The water, the landscapes, the people and the boats. The motion of living; one in brightness and light and the other in calm shades of grays and blues. 




Writing with her paint brush, she imparts mood into her figurative works, as well as a wide variety of other genres she enjoys. Her artistic mission is applicable to all her paintings: to apprehend the genuineness and authenticity of the moment.

Kristan is open-minded when it comes to inspiration: Straightforward, esoteric or maybe no explanation at all in regards to subject, composition, settings and images---but in all commonality----feeling an emotional connection to her chosen subject. Le says, “I try to understand what is there visually and emotionally. And if I can capture both essences, then that is a successful painting to me.”

You certainly see in her work, such high standards and proof of success. “Braids” and “Arrangement of Plums” are beautiful, reflective, and meditative.




 Her choice of colors…picture perfect. “Sunlit”…a fitting title to describe a painting she has done of a horse standing in the sunshine, but each time I look at it the more I realized the horse was only part of the whole as Kristan wonderfully executed an in-depth study of  full exposure sunlight to the entire painting. Brilliant!


A story told has an ending…..but not this one. Kristan has many more chapters to paint and we will look forward as she continues to share her life and talent with us. Nothing compares to seeing these oils in person, so I hope you will come in the Gallery and indulge yourself!!


Raven Sawyer

March 13, 2015


I’m not referring to the music composers, popular since the 70’s, but the renowned clay composer, Wyandot potter, Jamie Zane Smith. Jamie’s sculptural expertise is evident once again, such as his piece “Head of the River Double Wall”.


He continues to design and carve his own stamps of shape and subject for serial patterning and textural imagery.  

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The stamps content is an original rendering of ancient mound-builder copper plate design. In this piece he has used raptor imagery (bird of prey). The repetition of the design represents cyclical symmetry. The shape of the vessel itself is circular. All these elements together give it flow and movement…..and honor to his ancestors! The raptor pattern, likewise adorns his piece “Head of the River Plate”.


In honor to the Maple tree, Jamie has created a large platter named “Maple Bridge”. 
His stamping and design work covers the front and the back of this piece, which depicts the growth patterns of the Maple tree.


The wooden stand is made from Maple wood; a great detail. The Maple tree has ancient cosmological significance and ancestral importance and is the head of the phratry (clan) for its sweet sap, then and now. 

“Head of the River Kettle” is another work of Jamie’s that shows his beautiful art of stamping. He creates his own colors and this vessel well displays graceful form and texture with the contrast of large and small patterns.



Not only learning and evolving new techniques in creating Wyandot pottery, Jamie Zane Smith is the type of person who purposes to learn and evolve in his personal life. This is an artist/man who feels deeply connected to what he does. Those indigenous roots have not only guided him…..they have grown in him abundantly.

Glad you are part of the Earth Jamie!

And a part of Lovetts!


Raven Sawyer

March 11, 2015


Artist Josh George has been known to have affection for these activities, as most of us have experienced as well. A very human experience! Our lives are a collage, as we are a composite of our many experiences, past and present, with its attending pain and joys. Dimensional by all the layering of these elements, making us colorful and glued together ( some of us are a little less hinged!)  A quick collage of Josh George shows us a man of many interests in life and the drive to seek them out.


He moved from New York (a previous source of subject matter) to Virginia.    

He now enjoys a bigger studio that enables him to do larger pieces. Rural living in an antique dwelling makes him happy with the simple life. But the rest of this story is far more complex. His art story. His approach is narrative, not in words, but in emotion. Josh starts with wood panel as his working surface. Next is the placement of paper which can include wallpaper, wine bottle labels or whatever he may deem pertinent to his subject matter. He then paints with acrylics in dark and rich colors, followed by oils over the entire surface with a varnish glaze for a happy ending.

He has a realistic expression to the form of his people, leaning, turned, off-centered (in a good way) and angular. His characters are extremely demonstrative, but can leave you with a sense of mystery! Dominate in George’s art is “domesticity”; be it in his architecture or his figures and I think this is a strong pull in relating to his work.


How wonderful to see how colorful real life is when you stand back and look. Thanks Josh!

Curious about the bats in his paintings?...One of the impactful things of living in Richmond for George is the bats. “I do a lot of bat paintings because I’m fascinated by them-never saw one in N.Y.!

We certainly agree with him! They are really smart and beautiful creatures. A few visit our home often! Movies have unfairly characterized these little fellows. Still curious… go to BATZILLATHEBAT


Editor’s note:

                Collage-French term “colle’”-to glue. This term was coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th Century when collage became a distinctive part of Modern Art. With influences from the Synthetic Cubist Period and other artists like Matisse, who expressed emotion with intense color, one can see these beautiful talents in Josh Georges work! Check out “Kissy Bat”, “Rough Enough to Tie One On”, “Honeyed Pie”, or “Point Adaption” and you’ll see what I mean!


“I Know What Has Been Given To You” has sold, but is still hanging in the gallery at present. Come in and see it before it flies out the door “like a bat out of hell!” (sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Raven Sawyer


February 25, 2015


     But it’s warm and blazing at the gallery with all the friction of new art coming and going!

     Colorado artist, Julie Bender, likes to play with fire!

     Her burning passion for Pyrography (the art of drawing with fire in traditional terms) is paralleled by her precise and adroit depictions of her favorite subjects.  Animals!  She is continually inspired by the Western natural world, high country and prairies.  Excitement ensues when she captures a special look or behavior that she considers rare.

     Pyrography is the applications of variant degrees of heat that produce sepia-like hues, generating subtle values and tones.

     Julie utilizes hot metal tips to burn images on a natural surface.  She burned on wood for years previously, but now as a substrate, she prefers heavyweight watercolor paper.  Bender enjoys the distinctive challenges and results that push her outside her comfort zone.

     Her expertise is profound!


     Check out several new pieces like “Amid the Cattails” or “Staking His Claim”, “Tuesday Afternoon” and others at the Gallery now.  In addition, she will be a featured artist in the Lollipop Guild miniatures exhibition in June. 

     Julie is graciously doing a live demonstration of her pyrography on March 6th and 7th.  Both days from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

     You don’t want to miss her in action, so be sure to come to the gallery – the heat is on!

     Julie says, “Executing with accuracy and imagination is her constant goal in producing a unique and evocative work of art”.





     What do you get when you combine applique work in silver as well as cut-out, mosaic and inlay?  The finest natural Turquoises (Lander blue, Bisbee, Lone Mountain and Red Mountain).  The highest grade coral and the best gemstones?  Geometric patterns, Navajo designs and ancient petroglyphs (ancient rock carving or inscriptions)?


    Answer:     You get master metalsmith, Kee Yazzie Jr.

     Kee’s mission is to translate the symbols of his ancestors, preserved in the very stones of the earth, into contemporary, wearable metal art.  He says, “To create something that people will like to wear”.

     And they do!  His native jewelry pieces sell very quickly!

     Another artist who has fiery talent is Brent Cooke, from British Columbia.

     As a remarkable bronze craftsman, he sculpts birds and marine subjects with great attention to detail.  He transmits movement, propulsion and flight in his works as well as insuring anatomical accuracy.

     His sly and furtive piece “Stealth” is the interaction between a leopard shark and an opalescent squid at half scale.  The sculpture is mounted on green marble.

     Curiosity and drama.

     Depictive of the marine life of the Grand Cayman Islands is Brent’s bronze work “Underwater Waltz”, featuring two French angelfish circling each other in mid water.  The abstract vase allows the fish to “float” without being attached to the bottom.  The angelfish are bronze – The support structure is cast stainless steel and it’s mounted on a base of black granite.


     A unique detail to know about “Underwater Waltz” is that the stainless has been cast just like a bronze, NOT just a bent rod, but a sculpted and casted work!

     Fly in and see Brent’s “Split Decision”, “Into the Blue” and “Sweet Tooth”, as he has worked his magic with these spirited bronze pieces of birds.


     Stoking the fire…PIT fire…is Jody Naranjo.

Jody Mag

     Jody Naranjo – to those who know her and her pottery already, also know what a severely talented contemporary Tewa potter she is.

     To those of you who are unfamiliar with this extraordinary woman – allow me to introduce you.

     Jody draws breath from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.  She is traditional in her approach and application to pottery making as she excavates and processes the raw clay from Pueblo lands.  You’ve got to like a girl who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She is as down to earth as the clay she works with, and fun to visit with when she comes to the Gallery.

     Her style is traditional – in how she acquires the clay, builds her own coils and pit fires her work.  Her style is modern – by her choice of varied shapes, (she really likes squares and symmetry), etching and storytelling.  A great combination that makes her style creative and definitely signature.

     Highly sought after she is!

     Highly recognized for outstanding talent as one of the most premier, prominent and preeminent contemporary Southwest potters with numerous and distinguished honors and awards.

     We at Lovett’s, are very fortunate and honored to carry Jody Naranjo’s pottery and we want you to share in that with us.  Let the earth move you with her “Taos – Landscape”, “Mimbres Pot” and “Snow Birds”!


     I’m so glad we had this conversation today! (Oh…. I’m the only one talking!)

Welcome To My Imagination


     This is Raven Sawyer, the Beak Speak of Lovett’s; reminding you that life is more colorful when you have a good Artitude.

February 12, 2015

Lock, Stock and Barrel!

The Young Guns exhibit this past weekend went over with a bang!  Lock, stock and barrel!

Arranging an art exhibit is a formidable task – for the Gallery and for the artist.  Once again, sacrifices were made and well worth it!

The event was lighthearted, even a bit playful as Jack, the Gallery owner, was teasing one of our clients who sat for a self-portrait done by Jane Radstrom.  He was trying to make her laugh and break her composure as she was supposed to be still.  I think they traded some “hand gesturing”!  All in good fun!

                                                        Radstrom's Blog

With Timur Akhriev, Jane Radstrom and David Shingler doing live paintings on site, this makes for an intimate occasion as you can admire and inquire at the same time.

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Art is really a two-sided coin:

One – what a piece speaks or means to you.  Through your eyes.  This reason can stand on its own.

Two – to know what a work of art means or feels from the artist perspective.  Through their eyes.  This reason is legitimate as well. Kind of “getting the whole picture” when you consider both.

I like this approach.  It can be very relational and I think exhibits with artists grant this opportunity well.

It was deeply pleasurable to talk with Jane and to observe her technique while surrounded by her paintings that are figurative and depictive of the many moods and movement of femininity.  Her husband Tom, who was fun to visit with and very supportive of his wife, even braved a new city to find her the exact supply she wanted!

Timur – Well, I almost asked if I could adopt him – but thought that might freak him out! With his “Bear Territory Trash Burning” in Alaska or “Asian Vendors in Florence Italy”, “Timeless” tide pool, talk of Spain and bullfighting, Russia and family….whew…you’ll see he is as colorful and multi-dimensional as his artwork.  The gouache sketch he did live at the Gallery was suspenseful!

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David is studious and fluid in his movements as he manipulates and texturizes the paint with his palette knife, as in his “Gibbon River Yellowstone” painting.  A little quiet and body relaxed, but when you speak he stops and turns with kind gentle eyes and a somewhat boyish grin coming from under the bill of his hat.  Grace, his wife, (and believe me, her name fits her),newly pregnant and dealing with some of the sickness that can come along with that, plus travel to Oklahoma, speaks adoringly about David and her desire to see him live his passion in art.  A very caring couple.

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A heartfelt thank you to Jane, Tom, Timur, David and Grace!

At Lovetts we always mission to encourage art appreciation….that also includes artist appreciation as well.

It is these relationships we seek to foster as we continue to bring artists of high caliber talent from around the world to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

You, our clients, help us do that and we affectionately appreciate your business!

Check in with us next week to hear about our new artists and the new art arrivals we have!  Better yet, come by the Gallery and see them in person!

December 18, 2014


It’s all about the lighting. And no, I’m not talking about the rampant proliferation of holiday lights on the homes and businesses of Tulsa.

(We actually had a brief conversation about syncing up the LED lights in the gallery’s front windows to some Slipknot, but decided against it.)

I’m talking about art lighting. The proper lighting can make or break a piece of art.

In the gallery, we have more than 250 light fixtures illuminating art at any one time. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Each fixture requires a trip up and down the ladder. Adjustments must be made. What looks good from the top of the ladder might not look good to the person standing in front of the art on the gallery’s floor.

I can’t really understate how important it is.

Another of the ways we control the light in the gallery is by blocking out the light from the front windows. This summer, we had some window covers made to hang outside. They were better than the old ones that hung inside for a couple of reasons. 1) They blocked the outside light better; 2) They looked more awesomer from the parking lot. (I am aware that awesomer is not a word; maybe it should be.)

For reasons beyond our control, we’ve had to replace them already, so we took the opportunity to switch out some of the images. We think they came out pretty well. You’ll have to swing by and see them when you to get presents for your loved ones.

Here’s are gratuitous pics of Jack standing next to a couple of the window covers:



If you have lighting needs in your home, we will be happy to come out and do a consultation with you. We work closely (and exclusively) with Gilley’s electric on these projects.

We can light up your life.



Rolling on with last week’s blog theme, we have a couple other new artists to introduce you to: Stefani Tewes and Kierstin Young.

Biographically speaking, I’ll have more on them later. But for now, two awesome works of art:


Stefani Tewes, Stop All the Clocks, Oil on Panel, 40" x 40"

107193Kierstin Young, Immanent Epoch, Charcoal & Pastel on Paper, 12" x 16"

Normally, I’d tell you to come see this amazing art in person, but … it’s not here yet. It’s on the way. Stay tuned, true believers!

And with that, I’m leaving you short this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

December 05, 2014

Mission Critical


It’s the critical time of year.

You’re sitting in your office chair, not wondering about that TPS report you haven’t finished, but worrying about what you’re getting your significant other for the holidays. Oh sure, you could order another ironic coffee mug, or some quirky socks, maybe that thing you saw together at the mall that one time after that event you went to.

Or … you could get them a piece of original art. Think of all the positives: 1) whatever you choose, it is the only one there is. 2) Original art has spectacular staying power. 3) It’s waaaaay more thoughtful than a gift card. 4) You’re buying something beautiful that enriches your life while at the same time enabling an Artist to continue to produce creative, exciting work. 5) It will be a gift long remembered. 6) The person receiving the original piece of art will think you are the coolest person on the face of the planet in the history of ever.

Something to consider. Or not. I’m not telling you what to do. You’re a grown person. Probably.


Eclectricity in the Air

We are making a deliberate excursion into new genres of art. In some ways, there are no new genres of art, just different interpretations of the same thoughts and ideas humans have had since we began having thoughts and ideas. But in terms of the gallery, we are … branching out.

We’ve been leaning this way for some time. The art market in Tulsa has taken a contemporary turn the last few years, and we try to accommodate that. As always, our goal is to have something for anyone who walks through our front door. Sometimes, that person is looking for something traditional, like a wildlife painting, a bronze or a landscape. Sometimes, that person wants a hyper-realistic painting. Sometimes, that person is looking for an abstract with a particular shade of blue in it.

We try to have it all.

It’s not an easy task. We’re not going to add a new abstract artist just to fill a void. They have to be great at what they do. They have to meet the standard set by our other artists, and we have brilliant artists, none of whom we're shuttling to the side to make room for the new. You can still expect to see all the same artists and kinds of art we've always had. But ... we're shaking things up a bit, too.


But it begins.

What do I mean when I say new genres of art? We’re not just looking for contemporary work, but art with an edge to it. More things that make you stop and really take in what you’re seeing. Sometimes, that’s style, like with Lindsey Kustusch. Sometimes, that’s subject matter, like with Michael John Nolan. Sometimes, it’s all of it, like with Pamela Wilson.

After all, sometimes art needs to get in your face a bit. Yes, it could just hang there on the wall, complementing the drapes and couch. Or it could move you when you look at it. It could inspire conversations with visitors to your home. It could make people feel and think. It should be powerful.

Original art can do so much if you let it.

So let it.

We’d like to introduce Alexandra Manukyan and her painting, The Countess. Her work is coming soon to the gallery. As always, it is better seen in person than on a computer screen. We’ll be happy to accommodate you in that regard.

10. Countess, 24'x20', oil on canvas, $4000

Thanks for stopping by this week. We appreciate you.

Oh! Before I go, you can now tour the gallery via Google. If you've never had the chance to visit us in person, here's some flavor for you

See you next week. 

November 28, 2014

What up, Turkeys


What up, Turkeys.

We are fat(ter) and happy-ish, and back from a day of over-indulgence ready to deal some art. I’ll keep it concise because I know you’re consumed with all things Black and Fridayish.

The gallery is loaded with new art from a bevy of artists, new and old. If you visited Facebook this morning, I introduced Michael John Nolan. I don’t have his artist’s page up just yet, but it’ll be there soon. He paints … alternative subjects, but it’s our kind of thing, and we think you’ll like it. As usual, come in, check it out.

But that’s not all …

Josh George sent us two new paintings that are pretty spectacular, including this one, Notice the Vertical Development.


James Johnson has, once again, begun experimenting with a new style of painting. We have several of them, but here’s one for you (Falling Flowers) without having to click.


One of my favorite new things in the gallery is from James “Bud” Smith. He calls it Bird Clan Mask.


Finally, you’re probably aware the yule gift-giving holiday is imminent, and we’d just like to remind you we carry a selection of jewelry, including pieces from Wayne Muskett, Steve Yellowhorse and Jody Lyle. I’ll leave a couple pics here for you, but you should really visit our two jewelry cases.




In a New Moulding

Most of you are aware we don’t just deal in art. We also carry the largest selection of mouldings west of the Mississippi. A good frame can take a great painting or photograph to the next level. Mouldings allow you to add the “wow!” factor to your art and memories. What could you do with a chalkboard frame? Add instant personalized awesomeness, that’s what.

We have new mouldings from Roma, Larson-Juhl and others.

Check out some of the new lines (there are a lot more than just these, btw):




And that’s it, kids. Short and sweet. Enjoy your shopping.